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Peru (Machu Picchu)

Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Puno and Lake Titicaca

Machu Picchu


February 4 to February 14, 2019

Ce voyage inclus:


5799 $ / person based on double occupancy (2/room)
7099 $ / person in single occ. (1/room)

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You are responsible for traveling to the Moncton Airport at your expense


Deposit of 600 $/person to confirm your reservation
Balance payable before October 26, 2018

 

Here is the planned route

(there may still be changes)

 

Day 1 (Monday, February 4th, 2019)
Leaving from the Moncton airport, direction Lima, Peru, with stopovers
Late arrival in Lima.

Arrive Lima, the "City of Kings" famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the "Gastronomic Capital of the Americas", and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a Tourcan Vacations representative who will be holding a paging board with your name on it. You will be assisted with your luggage then you are transferred to your hotel for check-in.

Tonight, 4 stars hotel in Lima

 


Day 2 (Tuesday, Feb. 5th) Breakfast and supper included

Breakfast at the hotel.
Spend the rest of the morning in Leisure.
This afternoon at approximately 1:30pm meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby then depart on a Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima including the world famous Larco Museum.
This half-day tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.
Continue to the Larco Museum, founded in 1926, it displays remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Larco Museum also features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions.
This evening we shall enjoy our welcome dinner at Cala Restaurant By The Sea
With a privileged location, facing the Pacific Ocean, CALA Restaurant offers a different experience, with a fusion of Peruvian and Mediterranean flavors in a cozy and warm atmosphere. Enjoy a cocktail while you watch the sunset and then, a delicious dinner will be served surrounded by the soothing sound of the sea.

Tonight, 4 stars hotel in Lima

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Day 3 (Wednesday, Feb. 6) Breakfast included
Check out of the hotel after breakfast and you are transferred to Lima airport to check in for your short, but spectacular flight over the Andes to Cusco city at an elevation of 11,440 feet.
On arrival you will be met then are transferred to the hotel for the rest of the rest of the day at leisure acclimatizing.

Tonight, 5 stars hotel in Cusco with oxygen in the rooms to be able to have a better acclimatization with the heights. We will be more than 11,000 feet above sea level. (You can check with your doctor if he thinks you will be OK for this kind of trip).

 

Day 4 (Thursday, Feb. 7) Breakfast included
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the rest of the morning in Leisure.
HALF DAY City tour + nearby archaeological remains
Meet your guide in the hotel lobby.
You will visit the city of Cusco, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and home to a somewhat particular essence. The tour will start at the Koricancha temple, an ancient Inca palace and main worship center of the Sun God, where the order of the Dominicans built an incredible church that can still be seen there. Then, you will tour the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral and the beautiful Church of the Society of Jesus, among other colonial buildings, are located. Afterwards you will go on to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca building known for its massive walls of hewn stone, located in a strategic location, on a hill, with a broad view of the city of Cuzco. Later, you will visit the important archaeological complexes of Qenko and Puca Pucara.

Tonight, 5 stars hotel in Cusco

Cusco Cusco


Day 5 (Friday, Feb. 8) Breakfast and lunch included
Check out of the hotel and meet your guide in the hotel lobby at 8:15am.
Depart on a full Day Excursion to the Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress.
Enjoy a drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac where an Indian Market takes place daily. During your visit to the bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the natives for many different types of Peruvian handicrafts and jewelry.
Pisac has evolved into one of the biggest, certainly the most famous, artisan markets in all of South America. Even if you are not buying, the cafe balconies overlooking the market offer superb people-watching. The quality tends to be in the low to middle range (the good stuff is found in the homes of the artisans themselves or in upscale city galleries) but prices are very reasonable. Sellers come from many different villages, many of them remote populations high in the Andes, and wear the dress typical of their village. You will have some free time to shop.
Enjoy lunch at a beautiful country estate on the shores of the Urubamba River before continuing to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a "Living Inca Town" since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs.
After your tour continue to the hotel and check-in.

Tonight, 4 stars hotel in the Sacred Valley

Due to the limited luggage allowance on the Vistadome train, it is recommended you pack an overnight bag and your excess luggage which will be transferred to the Hotel in Cusco for storage.
POLICY OF LUGGAGE ON BOARD THE TRAIN:
01 BAG, no more of 5kg/11lb or 62 inches/157cm (length, width and height)
Hang luggage permitted.
Each passenger can carry 1 bag weighing 5 kilos/11 pounds. 62 inches/157cm (length, width and height)


Day 6 (Saturday, Feb. 9) Breakfast, lunch and supper included
Buffet breakfast. Check out of the hotel and you are transferred you to Ollantaytambo train station to board the Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu. While onboard the train today you will be served a snack and a hot beverage! Upon your arrival at the train station, hotel porters are waiting to take your overnight bag to the
hotel and you will rejoin your luggage later.
Walk to the bus station and board a 25minute bus from Machu Picchu Pueblo town up to the
entrance of the Machu Picchu ruins and walk to the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge where you will
enjoy lunch.


PREPARE TO MACHU PICCHU
You can take small bags into the ruins but anything larger must be left at your hotel. As Machu
Picchu is located in the oriental mountains, near to the forest, there is strong sunshine during the
day and at night the temperature drops and it can be cold. You should take a backpack
containing a sweater or sweatshirt, bottled water, insect repellent, sun block and a rain jacket.
There are also no toilets inside the ruins but some are available at the entry gate and you need
to pay 1 Sol for each use (take your own bathroom paper)

Machu Picchu


Upon entering start your guided tour…
The Incas hid Machu Picchu so high in the clouds that it escaped destruction by the empireraiding
Spaniards, who never found it. It is no longer lost, of course, but Machu Picchu retains its
perhaps unequaled aura of mystery and magic. Although no longer overgrown with brush, as it
was when it was rediscovered in 1911, from below it is still totally hidden from view. The majestic
setting the Incas chose for it remains unchanged.

The ruins are nestled in the brooding Andes Mountains which are frequently swathed in mist. When the early morning sun rises over the peaks and methodically illuminates the ruins row by row of granite stones, Machu Picchu leaves visitors as awestruck as ever. There are many theories about Machu Picchu, but one thing is for sure - it is one of the most impressive sites ever.
Hiram Bingham, the man who discovered Machu Picchu in 1911, began his activities as an explorer, traveling from Caracas to Bogota on horseback, following Simon Bolivar's trail. He also followed the old colonial trade route from Buenos Aires to Lima, arriving in the Andean area in 1909. It was in this same year that he started his first exploration from Abancay towards Choquekirau, trying to find the last Incan capital city.
By that time, many theories were circulating about the possibility of finding the 'Inca Treasure’ that according to myth had been taken by Manco Inca during his retreat to Wilkapampa. ('Wilka' means 'sacred' and 'pampa' means 'plain'). Back in Cuzco, Albert Giesecke a compatriot of Bingham's, put him in touch with a local landlord who told Bingham that on the hill in front of his property were ancient constructions covered by vegetation where the cattle frequently got lost, and he introduced Bingham to Eduardo Lizarraga, a farmland renter living in the area since the 1870’s, who had seen the buildings.
On July 23, 1911 Bingham found a peasant named Melchor Arteagam who told Bingham about the existence of two Incan sites named ‘Machu Picchu’ and ‘Waynapicchu’.
He was hired by Bingham to be his guide. The next day after examining the field they decided to climb up the west face of the mountain.
During the afternoon they arrived at another hut where they found Anacleto Alvarez and Toribio Recharte, two humble peasants who, along with their families, lived in the area and grew crops on the pre-Hispanic farming terraces. After a short break, a young boy took Bingham to have his first look at the Incan buildings which were completely covered with entangled vegetation. This was how Bingham, at 35 years of age, stumbled onto Machu Picchu – a fortuitous happening that turned out to be a great discovery.
After the tour board the bus back to Aguas Caliente

Tonight, 4 stars hotel in Machu Picchu area

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 Day 7 (Sunday, Feb. 10) Breakfast and supper included
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and store your luggage. Your morning is at leisure to visit the quaint town of Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Walk to the station and board the Vistadome train to Peru.
If you stored any luggage with the hotel please remind your driver.
On arrival at the station you will be met then transferred to the hotel in Cusco.

Tonight, 5 stars hotel in Cusco

Day 8 (Monday, Feb. 11) Breakfast and lunch included
Breakfast at the hotel. You will be privately transferred through the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Puno.
Today enjoy one of South America's most extraordinary overland trips that take you to Puno passing through striking highland scenery and picturesque Andean villages. Lunch is included.
First you will visit Andahuaylillas. Here, you'll find the church of San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, built by the Jesuits in the 16th century. Like other Spanish and religious constructions of the time, it was built on top of a huaca, or sacred place for the Incas. Made out of adobe and brick, the church is a small structure consisting of one nave, apse and bell tower. But there's a reason why it's known as the Sistine Chapel of America.
Next visit La Raya (4,335 m.a.s.l), highest point on the road between Cusco and Puno. This spot offer excellent photo opportunities. Abra La Raya (La Raya Pass) is the watershed between the valley that drains into Lake Titicaca and the valley that leads down to Cusco and to the Sacred Valley.
Our last stop is a visit Racchi ruins, known as "The Temple of God Wiracocha".
The most important building inside the complex is the "Wiracocha temple" that according to the old chroniclers was built by the Inca Wiracocha in honour to the Superior God invisible for the Andean people: "Apu Kon Titi Wiracocha". The "temple of Wiracocha" is a great construction for that age. Architectonically it is classified as "Kallanka", that is, a high building completely covered with straw (wood and "ichu"). Externally it is 92 meters long (302 feet) and 25.25 meter wide (83 feet).
We arrive Puno later this evening and check-into the hotel.

Tonight, 4 stars hotel in Puno

Day 9 (Tuesday, Feb. 12) Breakfast and lunch included
Meet the guide in the hotel lobby then depart for full day tour visiting Uros and Taquile Islands on Lake Titikaka by boat.
This full day excursion will take you to the highest navigable lake in the world to the floating islands of the Uros Indians, man-made islands by tying totora reeds. The Uros considered themselves Lords of the Lake; they hunt wild birds and maintain traditional fishing methods. The men have developed an extraordinary skill in weaving reeds; producing houses, boats and handicrafts, and the women are expert knitters.
After lunch continue to Taquile where a native community of about 400 families still lives with the traditions and high principals of the Incas. Taquile is a very important site on Lake Titikaka for its archeological remains, the sacred and ceremonial sites, the festive activities and their rituals.
Taquile is characterized by its friendly inhabitants, who maintain their customs and traditional clothing. They distinguish themselves by their detailed, fine, and colorful textiles with symmetrical decorations and symbols that reflect their way of life and Andean beliefs.

Tonight, 4 stars hotel in Puno

Titikaka

Day 10 (Wednesday, Feb 13) Breakfast included
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel and you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima.

Tonight, 4 stars hotel in Lima

Day 11 (Thursday, Feb 14)
Early this morning start your homebound journey.
Arrive home with great memories of the rich tradition of Colonial Lima, the snowcapped roaring Andean mountains and lush valleys, and the zig-zag road to the overwhelming sight of Machu Picchu, the amazing legacy the Incas.

 

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